FreeBSD on a PC with Windows

Ivan Voras ivoras at
Fri Dec 7 05:30:17 PST 2007

David Morton wrote:

> Anyway, I have a laptop preinstalled with Vista Home Premium and I would
> like to also run BSD on it.  In reading your installation documentation, I
> do not see anything that suggests I can install FreeBSD onto my PC without
> wiping Windows.

There are several ways to do it but they all depend on you
repartitioning your drive to hold an additional primary partition for
FreeBSD. There are several commercial products that can do this reliably
(I've only used Partition Magic) but I don't think there are open-source
or free products with similar reliability.

After you get the primary partition, you can most likely just install
FreeBSD on it and it will "just work", offering you to choose between
the Windows and the FreeBSD systems.

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